Rethink Your Drink!

Changing your drinking habits is one of the easiest changes you can make to your diet without having a huge impact on your budget. Drinking water is one of the healthiest ways to stay hydrated and, as long as you have clean, running water, it doesn’t have any kind of impact on your grocery budget.

The calories ingested in sugary drinks contribute to daily calorie intake and increase the risk of weight gain, cavities, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Adults should be drinking between 8-10 glasses of fluids per day. The recommended amount of fluids for children varies based on age and size but as a guideline they should aim for:

  • 5 glasses (1L) for 5 to 8 year olds
  • 7 glasses (1.5L) for 9 to 12 year olds
  • 8 to 10 glasses (2L) for 13+ years

If your body has lost even 1-2% of its water content you will begin to feel thirsty, a sign that your body is already becoming dehydrated. Losing too much fluid or not drinking enough fluids can cause headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue.

How to drink more water

  • Pack a reusable water bottle whenever you go out
  • During the summer, put a frozen water bottle in your lunch box
  • Keep cold water in the fridge in summer and drink warm water in winter
  • Water down juices, sports drinks and cordials
  • Use smaller glasses when drinking sugary drinks

Water is great for you but not very exciting or flavourful, so instead of reaching for a glass of fruit juice or pop, why not try jazzing up your water by infusing it with fruits and fresh herbs?


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